West Virginia State Trooper Breaks World Record

wv recordIn a crowded room of cheering supporters Wednesday afternoon, nobody could care less about the world record than Capt. Ron Arthur, except maybe his 9-year-old daughter, Madi. Whether or not he beat the Guinness World Record for most push-ups in an hour was secondary to the money his feat had raised to send around a dozen children with diabetes to Camp Kno-Koma. The night before Arthur's shot at the record, Madi reminded him of what was truly important in the grand scheme of it all. "She said it best last night: 'The kids are going to camp anyway. Jesus is more happy about that then he is with the push-ups," Arthur said, eyes bloodshot and visibly shaken after his attempt at the Guinness World Record for most push-ups in an hour with 2,505 reps. "That took the pressure off." Initially unsure he could even knock out the 2,221 push-ups required to break the previous record, the 46-year-old West Virginia State Police captain from Winfield made only one promise before he began to the roughly 50 supporters packing Robert's Running Shop in Huntington. "Every day is a gift from God so we owe a perfect effort in honor of God giving us that day," Arthur said. "I promise a perfect effort right here. Whether I'm way ahead and going to break it or way behind and no chance of breaking it, my effort level will not change." Finishing a quick prayer as Nirvana's "Smells like Teen Spirit" bounced from wv 2the speakers, Arthur knelt and placed his palms to the floor for those first reps. "Here it is," he said. "Let's see how close we can make it." Working in around 45-second bursts with 10 second rests between intervals, Arthur pounded out 50 push-ups within the first minute. The clock rolled, and Arthur's skin grew red and slick with fatigue, his breaths raspy under stress. Eclipsing the 1,000-rep mark just under 21 minutes, Arthur reassured the room he was hanging in there. "I'm warmed up now," he said to laughs and cheers. At the 30-minute point, Arthur had completed 1,408 push-ups, but his fatigue was more evident. His breaks became longer, sweat began to puddle on the ground under his forehead, and he even swapped his water bottle for a few drinks of Coca-Cola. Through all the cheers, Madi's voice calling "Come on, Daddy! You're awesome!" was the only one he really heard. "She knew when to time it," Arthur said. "Oh my gosh, the strength that goes through your veins when that happens." At 51 minutes and 15 seconds, Arthur repped push-up No. 2,221, possibly breaking the record set in 2014 by Carlton Williams in the United Kingdom. He didn't stop. He didn't slow down. Arthur was out to give a perfect effort, win or lose. By the time the clock ran out, his perfect effort totaled 2,505 push-ups. "None of us are perfect; we haven't a need to prove that," Arthur said. "All we can prove is a perfect effort. The only thing I can control is my effort." "Whether Guinness accepts it or not is really insignificant to me." Raising at least $3,600 to send children to Camp Kno-Koma, a summer camp for children with diabetes in the Monongahela National Forest, Arthur's could hug Madi knowing what his perfect effort was worth. "The first 2,221 were to break the record," Arthur said. "Every one after was for her." Diagnosed with Type-1 diabetes herself, Madi said it means the world knowing her father would go to such painful lengths for kids like her to have a happier childhood. "I'm really proud," Madi said. "He never gives up, and he always does everything perfect, whatever he does." Arthur extended his gratitude to his supporters, adding their contributions to the fundraiser meant far more than the push-ups. "We have a great community, and anybody who doesn't believe it needs to come to West Virginia," Arthur said. "Thank God. God bless America." "The push-up record is back in the USA."